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The Green Eyed Monster No other monster is as terrifying It fangs go deeper than Draculas Unlike the Werewolf its malevolent form haunts you not only at night but every hour of the day every second But what makes it more terrifying of course is that its real Everyone at some stage falls victim to jealousy Shakespeares Othello gives us a glimpse of what 17th Century English society thought about Jealousy as a motivating force Good afternoon students and teachers In 17th Century England in a society that believed in the devil and of eternal damnation jealousy is described as a kind of demonic creature within Othello Iago for instance in his famous personification calls jealousy the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on and Othello ascribes various demonic features to it Even then this forked plague is fated to us When we do quicken Jealousy was seen as evil and even Satan was referred to as The Envious man It is Emilia who sums up the Elizabethan attitude towards jealousy They are not ever jealous for the causeBut jealous for theyre jealous It is a monster Begot upon itself born on itself The Elizabethans believed that jealousy was something beyond our control therefore it was an external motivating force not the fault of the character If Satan is The Envious man than Iago is the devil on stage It is ultimately the jealousy that consumes Iago which motivates him to exact revenge on Othello and Cassio- but not only this jealousy is essentially Iagos motivation for living Iago is utterly consumed by a raging torment he is professionally and socially jealous of Othello and Cassio he is jealous of Othellos success with Desdemona he suspects every man of bedding his wife in barely 10 lines in Act 2 he accuses both Othello and Cassio of twist my sheets done my office He is even jealous of Cassios looks
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